The Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche 911 are closer competitors than they´ve ever been before. Both cars were redesigned for 2020, with big changes for the Corvette and small but effective evolutions for the 911. The recent switch of the Corvette from a front-engine to a mid-engine layout brought significant improvements in handling and overall performance. Interior quality is higher, too. Are these changes enough to vault the Corvette past the Porsche 911, long the benchmark of an everyday sports car? Edmunds´ experts compared them to find out. PERFORMANCE The eighth-generation Corvette, often referred to as the C8, is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine. Standard Corvettes are rated at 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. Opting for the Z51 performance package bumps power up slightly to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft. Every Corvette comes with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While you might miss the fun of rowing your own gears, a dual-clutch transmission shifts more quickly than a manual or a traditional automatic. Naturally, every tenth of a second counts when it comes to acceleration bragging rights. During Edmunds´ testing, the 2020 Corvette coupe with the Z51 package accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. This is impressive acceleration for a base Corvette. The 911, however, is hardly sucking wind. Powering the standard 911 Carrera coupe is a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with 379 horsepower and 331 lb-ft. It comes standard with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. You can get a 911 with a manual transmission too. At the Edmunds test track, an automatic-equipped 911 ripped from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, right on the Chevy´s heels. Though higher-performance variants of the Corvette are sure to come along, Chevrolet is, for now, only offering the one V8 engine.